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The FA Cup- Your Thoughts

So its all gotten very exciting in the title race since I last contributed, especially if you are a Chelsea fan. We're top of the League, in the CL knock-out rounds, mugging off Arsene Wenger etc...

The scent of love has been replaced by one of revenge as we draw closer to our FA cup showdown with the blue half of Manchester. Obviously Mourinho has done his talking, Pellegrini has done his best impression of a track-suited lion and Yaya Toure has once again escaped police action for common assault. Nothing changes in this mad world...

Citeh will be out to get us tonight. The question lingers as to whether or not Pellegrini will field his best team with the imminent visit of Barcelona. Arguably the more interesting question is what will Mourinho do. Will he play a full strength squad with our Champions League tie a week and a half away? Will he give a full debut to Salah? Will Torres start? Does he employ the same tactics as before? Once bitten, twice shy and the City players, if they have any sense, will be repeating this to themselves before kick-off.

But these acute questions are not the reason I'm writing this piece. Brace yourself, FA Cup romanticists. The burning question on my mind is, with our current league position and squad quality, do we really need to win this?

'How dare you attempt to subvert an age-old tradition that was being contested before your Dad was even thought of and which underpins the very core of that which we call football' I hear you cry. And with good reason. My ill-advised foray into the contentious void between our wants and needs is one which I do not take lightly. But hear this.

We, as previously stated, currently sit atop the Premier League despite our slip up against West Brom in the week. This title race has all the makings of a classic [despite Liverpool's presence] and it will inevitably come down to the wire. We have a good squad, no more. We've got a chronic lack of quality in the striker department, a midfield which hinges on the fitness of Ramires and Matic and a minor injury crisis in the centre of defence.

We need our top players firing on all cylinders when push comes to shove in April and May. We've already beaten City this season [Twice] so what do we have to prove? Ok, so it'd be sweet to do them again. But we've already done it where it really matters which renders this game somewhat academic.

Let City come, I say. The FA Cup will always reserve a special place in the hearts of Chelsea boys, I know that. Its been kind to us which has pulled the rose-tinted spectacles over many a Blue eye. But City will be desperate to avenge their, frankly pathetic, loss in the final last year and I don't think we need the added pressure of a quarter/semi final etc. It drains the players and the closer to the final we get, the better team we will field. Let them drain their vast resources.

If we have serious ambitions in the League and CL then we need to prioritise. That's just my view.

As ever, I want to hear what the VC community think and so am opening this up for ardent debate over the next three hours before kick-off. Do you think we should gun for the FA Cup or prioritise competitions which arguably hold greater significance for both Chelsea and the wider footballing world?

Up the Blues!




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The Journalist

Writer: Tom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 15 2014

Time: 1:43PM

Your Comments

Go for the win, the way the FA Cup is shaping up this season it is almost there for the taking!
merlin
Yep, just do your best and if that should win the whole thing, great! If not, we carry on with our assault on the league title.
Seabourch
we should beat City just to dent their OTT confidence
Blue_Mel
I'm trusting mourinho to make the best decision.but if I'm to decide,I'll suggest that we go out with our fringe team.we'll lose,but not as you think.beating citeh is sweet,but we've done that twice this season.
coachkazuki
We wont be able to field our full strength team because of injuries but neither will city. No team with a champions heart will ever lay down for a rival. We must go there with the full intent to win and our line up should reflect that. Clearly a different line up from our last meeting with probably slightly different formation but the same basic principle; disciplined stay at home defence in our final third, swarming pressure on them in the mid field where we must once again subdue Yaya toure then hit them on the counter and take full advantage of De michelles in that central defence. We need to do 3/3 on these guys, end their quadruple title talk once and for all and bring them down from their perch one big notch.
GabeU
if we beat city, we should realistically win the FA cup. We can beat Liverpool or Arsenal so only City and complacency can stand in our way.
Humza_96
when did Chelsea start prioritizing trophies? we did that under rdm when it was certain we can't make top 4, there is no way mourinho won't fight for a trophy, even if its a pendant like trophy
desmondadonis
Yap, i can chose to go it if the fixture saturation would not affect our PLposition and champion progress which seems to be unlikelly, i would to let our second team take the duty
mikacfc
GabeU - has it correct...JM needs to rest players...but Schurrle and Sala need to step up and show what they have. Play to win..the key to the game will be to win the midfield...that is why CFC won last game with Luiz/Matic..CFC needs a strong pivot performance today..please no Lampard in the pivot...play Lampard in the #10 and let him score goals..How many poor passes will Ramires have today?
lamarochs
Chelsea team to play Man City: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Ramires, Hazard, Willian; Eto'o
pego sama
Hmm, that show how important he take this competition, and he s going for winn for sure
mikacfc
I hope starting mikel dosnt prove for us to be the mistake Pelegi made in starting Demelis in midfeild the last time we played city, i doubt Mikel will be up for the tackles and speed this game requires, but Mor Usally knows wat his doin so lets wait and see...
pego sama
Chelsea will never win a game with both Mikel and Ramires playing. They are both stupid and *****e.get rid.
skrapidblue
VERY HARD 1st half
mikacfc
we are out
mikacfc
 

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